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Korina and maple body with a choice of colours and sunbursts.
Low weight construction, with maple solid central body core for ultimate tone and sustain.
22 fret maple neck: 25.5 in scale.
Pau ferro or maple fretboard.
Compound radius 10 to 16 in fret-board for lowest possible action and big string bends.
Fender LSR Roller nut for tuning ease and accuracy, and string weight tolerance.
4-way pickup selector for an extended range of voices
Optional carved body contours for best comfort

T-Type Guitar
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T-Type Guitar back
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Ben Smith recorded a Rees Telelike
The amplifier is a Fender Hot-Rod Deville. Recorded with an AKG dynamic microphone off-centre in front of the amp. No effects, no compression, no post-processing. This guitar naturally has all the sustain you will ever need! This Telelike has a Seymour Duncan vintage spec bridge pickup, and a mini-humbucker neck pickup. This is our favourite pickup configuration providing the finest range of voices.

4-Way Pickup Selector Clean Valve Amp Dirty Valve Amp
Neck PU pi p
Bridge & Neck PUs series wiring pl pl
Bridge & Neck PUs vintage wiring pi pl
Bridge PU i pl

Unique Body Construction
Custom Shop luthiers all know that to make an exceptionally good S-type or T-type guitar out of a single selection of ash requires very careful sourcing and selection of the wood. Even then the outcome can be somewhat unpredictable. (As for trying to use alder or basswood or poplar - forget it - they are not the best tonewoods) Opinions divide on the subject of weight. Heavy ash with a thin finish can have excellent sustain and very good tone, although sometimes it can be a bit brittle. But who wants a weight-lifting session every time they play guitar? Swamp ash can be light and of very good tone, but the outcome is rather unpredictable. The trouble with it is that lighter woods are softer, and do not support the bridge of the guitar with perfect tonal clarity. African tonewoods are excellent, but due to geography have been little used by American guitar companies, other than Gibson and PRS for exotics. Korina is the best known. Tonally it is like mahogany but a little brighter and clearer. Mixed with well-designed parts of maple, which is extremely clear-bright-sounding, the resulting Rees Telelike is a guitar that sounds outstandingly clear, bright, and perfectly tuneful, yet is of modest weight. The clarity results in the distinctive tonal character of the very best vintage T-type guitars coming through in abundance. Two spines of maple from neck to bridge down the centre of the Rees body do a similar job to a neck-through-body construction in terms of enhancing the natural sustain of the guitar. Tone is further enhanced by using a fairly thin multi-layer finish of bipolymer luthier's lacquer.

Extending the Voice Range
A 4-way pickup selector adds an extra modern fatter voice to the vintage 3 voices of a T-type guitar. This fourth voice is loud and fat, has a large dynamic range from soft playing shimmering clear, to hard playing growly. With many pickups and factory bodies this extra voice can be fat, but not bright enough. The extra maple in this Rees body brightens it up so that this voice works exceptionally well. Selection of the neck pickup is also critical. We tried several very different single-coil and humbucker pickup types for a neck pickup. Our favourite is the mini-humbucker which works perfectly in all the selector positions. All four selector positions exhibit that distinctive vintage T-type twang in abundance.

The Telelike can optionally be made with an all-wood front with no scratchplate. That looks very attractive, but obviously is more susceptible to scratching by your pick. Sunbursts are hand-rubbed with dyes to accentuate the natural wood grain and figuring. They are not spray-painted like most factory guitars.

S-Type body contour carvings for tummy and elbow are often added to this guitar, making it more comfortable and easier to play. This Telelike also has a carved neck heel which provides better left-hand access to the highest frets.


Rees Telelike
Body Construction: Solid two-piece bookmatched korina; maple solid centre; two maple back spines
Body Finish: thin bipolymer lacquer
Neck: maple, 25.5 in scale (like most Fenders); 21 mm thick at 1st fret; 22 mm thick at 12th fret
Neck Finish: smooth silk bipolymer lacquer on back, gloss bipolymer lacquer on headstock
Fretboard Finish: Lemon oil on pau ferro, or gloss bipolymer lacquer on maple
Neck Truss Rod: Double truss rod with side adjustment
Pau Ferro; compound radius, 10 in to 16 in radius
Nut: 43 mm (1 11/16in) wide Fender LSR Roller Nut
Tuners: Sealed-back precision tuners
Bridge: Chrome plated thick brass; solid satin stainless steel saddles, with six individual string action height, and six individual string intonation adjustments
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan vintage tele
Neck Pickup: Mini-humbucker with chrome cover
Controls: 4-way Pickup Selector; Volume; Tone
Weight: ~3.3 kg = 7lbs

Pickup Options
Seymour Duncan vintage tele neck single coil
Customer specified pickups
Two humbuckers

Body Option
Vintage shape with no body comfort carving

Colour Options
Natural korina
Blonde korina
Butterscotch korina
Dark Cherry Red
Amber Sunburst
Violin Sunburst
Tobacco Sunburst
Dark Cherry Sunburst
Black Sunburst
Stripy Brown
Stripy Black